Powerful prayer to St. Michael the Archangel - video ~ link
Lord Stirling's news blog EUROPE
British title of Baron for sale ~ link
Israel's Ambassador to USA: Iran Strike Is On The Table ~ link ~ Echoing sentiments earlier expressed by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Israeli Ambassador to Washington Michael Oren indicated Tuesday night that a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities was on the table.
Media Disinformation: Syria Threatens Israel's Security - One Big Smokescreen ~ link ~
The massive push towards war with Iran and its allies Syria and Hezbollah, organized/directed/bankrolled by Israel, AIPAC, and the global banking cartel is utter insanity. It will not benefit Israel, in fact it will end up with most Israelis dead and their nation destroyed. It will not benefit America, as we will suffer the most serious civilian losses in our history from the Iranian Advanced Biowar counter-strike. It will not even really benefit those global banking families who seek to use the current Global Depression and the coming Third World War to established their New World Order/global high-tech police state, the destruction will be simply too much. This is clearly a case of Satanic blinding of key people, who are rushing into a demise of their own making much as the Japanese and German warlords did in the late 1930s/early 1940s.
Netanyahu plays a complex game ~ link ~ On the other hand, however, he continues to be deeply skeptical of the possibility of peace, and to prepare carefully for a strike against Iran. In fact, by going so far out of his way to make concessions (including, reputedly, releasing prisoners and removing more roadblocks), Netanyahu is also taking up Obama's challenge for the moral high ground in case of a future confrontation between them (see US warms to strike on Iran)[April 22].
This could have profound implications in case of an Israeli attack on Iran. Given the widespread support which Israel enjoys, the Obama administration finds itself embroiled in an uphill public relations campaign every time it decides to confront the Israeli government openly.
In a sense, Netanyahu is setting up a bargaining strategy to use with Obama in case he chooses to go to war without American blessing: the settlement halt and progress in the negotiations will continue for as long as support on Iran is provided. This is, importantly, a compromise he can sell domestically as well, since the Iranian nuclear program is widely perceived in Israel as a major existential challenge facing the Jewish State. Many of the Arab states, too, perceive Iran as a threat, and would be happy to see Israel destroy its nuclear program.
Tyranny & Politics of Fear, Loyalty to Israeli vs. US - video ~ link ~ Interesting video with a former top aid (Chief of Staff) to US Secretary of State Powell.
Turkish-Syrian military exercise raises concerns in Israel ~ link
US and Israel say Syria arming Hezbollah with missiles ~ link
Netanyahu is incapable of making peace - but does Israel care? ~ link ~ They had better start caring because Bibi and his band of nuts is apt to get most of them killed.
Peace that could happen (but won't) ~ link ~ The fact that the Israel-Palestine conflict grinds on without resolution might appear to be rather strange. For many of the world's conflicts, it is difficult even to conjure up a feasible settlement. In this case, it is not only possible, but there is near universal agreement on its basic contours: a two-state settlement along the internationally recognized (pre-June 1967) borders - with "minor and mutual modifications," to adopt official United States terminology before Washington departed from the international community in the mid-1970s.
Mubarak reassures PM of Lebanon that there will be no Israeli war on Lebanon ~ link ~ That fine, except it is not the President of Egypt that is calling the shots in Israel.
Western Civilization is Doomed - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty: Last Gasp of a Moribund Civilization ~ link ~ When I was a boy, I knew a man who repaired clocks and watches as a hobby. (Quartz watches had not yet been invented.) I often sat for hours in utter fascination watching him work. Then one day, I asked, "Frank, how do you know how to do that?" He answered, "Johnny, what man has done, man can do." Therein lies the fallacy of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Science and technology is a Pandora's Box. Once opened by one man, company, or country, what is emitted soon becomes everyone's.
The United States made the first atomic bomb in 1945. The first attempt at non-proliferation was limited to trying to keep the knowledge of how to build the bomb secret. It failed, and within a decade, the USSR (1949), the UK (1952), France (1960), and China (1964) had built bombs. Since then India (1974), Israel (1979), Pakistan (1998), and North Korea (2006) have become nuclear powers, and South Africa has the capability, having produced six nuclear weapons in the 1980s but later disassembled them. Now the know-how is widespread.
The United States with all of its policing powers has demonstrated that even it cannot stop the smuggling of contraband into its own land. The nations from which the contraband comes can not stop it, even with American help. How can the US expect other nations to stop it? In many parts of the world, especially the non-Western parts, smuggling has been carried on for centuries. Even Western businesses are often complicit is defying American export controls and sanctions. The initiative is a fool's errand, the last gasp of a moribund civilization. The only hope of avoiding a future nuclear war is the total abolition of nuclear weapons. But once the nations that comprise the Western world do that, their worldly control vanishes.No civilization in history that collapsed after a period of greatness has ever regained its dominance. Egypt lasted for three millennia; today it is little more than a field for archeological study. The Persian Empire, which lasted for more than three hundred years, became the largest and most powerful empire of its time; today, all that remains is Iran. Greece has never recovered from its collapse after its Golden Age, and the greatness of Rome has been reduced to Italy. When Mussolini tried to revive Roman greatness, he failed miserably. The Spanish, Dutch, French, and English empires have expired and these nations are now mere vassals states, although France and England still pretend to be world powers. Lasting greatness is not attained by the imposition of power. As with all the great civilizations of the past, Western Civilization is doomed as long as it continues to pursue this method of dominance. The NPT won't save it.
Russia's fleet in the Crimea: What's the real deal? ~ link ~ So what really happened? According to the actual text of the agreement of the lease, it ought only to have been extended in 2016. The decision which has just been taken relates to a date when neither Yanukovich nor his successor can be sure that they will be in power. It is an empty declaration. But in return for it, we have been given significant discounts on gas prices. This is prompting political analysts to conclude that what we have been told is only the tip of the iceberg of the real agreement between Yanukovich and Medvedev (and Putin, who urgently flew to Ukraine).
Exactly six months ago, the press-secretary of Ukraine’s Security Service, Vladimir Gorbulin, announced in his article in “Zerkalo Nedeli” that the “strategic goal of the Russian Federation’s foreign policy is to establish a ‘protectorate’ over Ukraine with the possible subsequent division of the country. This virtually amounts to an ultimatum: the preservation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity depends on its acceptance of a ‘special relationship’ with the Russian Federation, and hence to a Russian protectorate over a weak Ukraine”. Gorbulin believes that the Kremlin does not yet have a detailed plan for achieving this goal, and that Russia is prepared to respond to the situation opportunistically: “Moscow’s actions will be determined by the course of the situation, and above all by the reaction of Ukraine”.
Russia and Ukraine to forge ahead with strategic partnership ~ link ~ I believe that the long term goal is to reunite the core of the old Russian Imperial Empire under a joint Head of State, the current Head of the Russian Imperial Family, by expanding the joint treaty between Russia and Belarus to include the Ukraine. Eventually, such a organization would increasingly become one nation, again.
Russian Deficit will swell to fund Ukraine gas deal says Putin ~ link
Fears that new bill in Russian Parliament would allow FSB to persecute dissidents ~ link ~ Kommersant daily said opposition parties fear the new initiative could precede a major campaign against political dissidents.
Big Problem with Who Should Regulate ~ link ~ The sludge in Washington and NYC intend to form a Financial Institutions Regulatory Administration that will allow the Fed to takeover every agency such as the CFTC and the SEC, the Comptroller of the Currency, Thrift Management and the FDIC. The Fed would be able to regulate just about everything financial. This consolidation would give the Fed enormous power to act like the SA operated in Germany from 1932 to 1945. They would cast a net out giving themselves unlimited power all under the guise of protecting Americans and others financially. Agencies won’t be eliminated; they will be absorbed silently resulting in financial dictatorial power. As an example it is obvious that the SEC has become a rubber stamp for government and Wall Street. Now we find a supposedly understaffed, under funded agency is loaded with perverts who spend a good deal of their time watching pornography. This revelation has been created to convince Congress that this agency needs to be in stronger hands and who better to do that than the FED. This discovery was no coincidence....
In actually the real estate and the ensuing fraudulent bond fraud was the last straw in the elitist house of cards. The collapse known as the credit crisis will hobble America for years to come unless the system is purged. The Fed over the last year transferred off of bank balance sheets some $1.7 trillion in bonds, CDO’s, known as toxic waste. The Fed won’t tell us who they were purchased from or what was paid for them. It is another secret. The US taxpayer will pay all the losses, as less Fed profits flow to the Treasury. Don’t forget as well that the 3-card Monte game of the Fed lending money to banks at ½% and then receiving those funds back to earn 2% is also a paid for by the public to enrich the bankers. In the meantime no attempt has been made to fix the broken system. All the money is still flowing to Wall Street. A Wall Street that flourishes on information from the Fed secretly. This is the main reason the Fed has to be disbanded in its current form. In addition we need Glass Steagal bank to separate banking from brokerage, insurance and private equity. The end of the Act in 1999 ushered in the enabling of Wall Street to create the monster that we face today. The same thing happened in the 1920s and helped bring about the depression.
Bailouts, Stimulus Packages and Jobless Recovery: The Crisis of Wealth Destruction ~ link ~ The financial crisis that broke out in the United States around the summer of 2007 and crested around the autumn of 2008 had destroyed US$34.4 trillion of wealth globally by March 2009, when the equity markets hit their lowest points.
In the US, where the crisis originated after two decades of monetary excess that encouraged serial debt bubbles, the NYSE Euronext (US) market capitalization was $16.6 trillion in June 2007, more than concurrent US GDP of $13.8 trillion. The market capitalization fell by almost half to $7.9 trillion by March 2009. US households lost almost $8 trillion of wealth in the stock market on top of the $6 trillion loss in the market value of their homes. The total wealth loss of $14 trillion by US households in 2009 was equal to the entire 2008 US GDP.
As the financial crisis broke out first in the US in July 2007, world market capitalization took some time to feel the full impact of contagion radiating from New York, which did not register fully globally until after October 2007. In 2008 alone, market capitalization in EAME (Europe, Africa, Middle East) economieslost $10 trillion and Asian shares lost around $9.6 trillion.
Greece: Driven into Crisis ~ link ~ In terms of the world economy, there is still considerable scepticism whether the exits from fiscal stimulus and cheap money now being mooted by the G20 group of lead capitalist states won't trigger another round of crisis instead of paving the way to increased private spending. Ironically, the Greek government and big capital are facing the same problem: both depend on injections of public money. Big capital takes it wherever it gets it, while Greece has to accept credit conditions imposed by the IMF and a handful of other EU-governments.
The economic problem is still the same: throwing uncovered public cheques toward preserving overaccumulated private wealth. In order to overcome the continuing world financial crisis, this overaccumulated wealth needs to be written off. The dominant opinion in ruling financial and industrial circles, however, has been to avoid the economic and political fallout from a deepening of the crisis that such a write-off would bring. At least so far. Instead, the strategy has been to blow up public deficit bubbles like the economic authorities blew up internet-, housing-, and resource-bubbles in the past. The difference is that the private sector bubbles of the past that led to the financial crisis could always rely on public sector bailouts. Now the bubble and the bailout are both expected to come from the same public purse. The neoliberal solution being called for by the Germans, the Greek government, the EU and the G20 is now to demand a ‘long war’ on the public sector.
Gordon Brown 'sorry' for 'bigoted woman' gaffe - with video ~ link
The Clegg Phenomenon ~ link ~ I don’t know of a single political commentator in Britain, or America for that matter, who gave Nick Clegg – the leader of the Liberal Democrats – any chance of leading his political party to victory.
One televised debate changed the whole game and now there are four feasible outcomes: The Labour Party, The Conservative Party or the Liberal Democrats win an outright majority of parliamentary seats; or Britain has a hung parliament where two parties have to combine to achieve an outright majority.
Actually, I have said that the Liberal Democrats had a real chance this year, but I doubted that they would rise to the occasion. So far, they have. I now believe that it is likely, baring any last minute screw up by Clegg, that the LibDems will take control of Parliament in the coming election. Nick Clegg has the 'Big Mo' ....momentum on his side.
Clegg Targets More Seats as Poll Shows Hung Parliament ~ link ~ Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg raised the goal for the number of House of Commons seats his party plans to win in the May 6 U.K. election after a surge to second place in most opinion polls.
Under-pressure Brown promises to bring 'new age of prosperity' to UK ~ link
Cameron switches to message of hope ~ link
Euro Crisis is lifeline for Cameron ~ link
Salmond's SNP hopes for 20 seats shattered by Clegg ~ link
Peppa Pig snubs Gordon Brown - Can Labour sink any lower? ~ link
Hawaii Legislature OKs measure to ignore requests for disclosure of Barack Obama's birth certificate ~ link ~ Obama was born outside of the country making him ineligible to serve as President; further he took up Indonesian citizenship as a child.
South of the Border - A crisis is brewing ~ link ~ Mexico’s governing class has long been one of the most venal and corrupt in the world. For many years, the ruling Institutional Party of the Revolution (PRI) dominated national and state politics, dispensing favors to the privileged, repressing any and all signs of dissent, and generally living off the fat of the land. This ended in 2000, when the candidate of the conservative opposition, Vicente Fox, captured the presidency, but the breakup of the PRI’s political monopoly did little to liberalize Mexican society, which remained sunk in poverty, corruption, and spiraling violence. The violence is generated primarily by the rising drug cartels, which have grown to the point where they threaten the authority of the governing structures, until today, when they are attacking government convoys, and no one – not even the head of security for a major state – is safe.
Chinese version of Russian Su-27 endangers Chinese-Russian bilateral relations - with video ~ link ~ I am surprised that Iran has not acquired a couple hundred of these.
China Opens Missile Plant in Iran ~ link
China vows to increase military ties with Cuba ~ link
India-Pakistan Tension Overshadowing Regional Summit ~ link
Thai 'Red Shirt' convoy clashes with troops ~ link ~ The standoff, which followed a period of relative calm in the city, came as hundreds of soldiers and police officers blocked a convoy of "Red Shirt" protesters who had left their fortified rally base in central Bangkok.
"One soldier was shot in his head," said army spokesman Major General Dithapron Sasasamit, adding that his condition was unclear. Officials said earlier that riot police and soldiers had fired warning shots.
Emergency services said 16 people were hospitalised in the standoff near Don Mueang International Airport in the north of the capital.
Indian arms its Russian built Su-30MKI fighters with its hypersonic joint Russian-Indian BrahMos Missiles ~ link ~ That makes for a powerful combination.
When Empires Join Hands: Japanese Military Joins US and NATO in Horn of Africa ~ link ~ AFP quoted the Japanese officer as stressing the unprecedented nature of the development: “This will be the only Japanese base outside our country and the first in Africa.”
The military installation is to cost $40 million and is expected to accommodate Japanese troops early next year.
Djibouti rests at the confluence of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, across from strife-torn Yemen, and borders the northwest corner of equally conflict-ridden Somalia. The narrow span of water separating it from Yemen is the gateway for all maritime traffic passing between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean via the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.
Cambodian lessons for South Korea ~ link ~ A very good article, take the time to read it if you can.
Brazil Plans An Armed Force of 500,000 ~ link ~ Brazil is on course to have a standing army of half a million men and women as part of its military regeneration program that includes commissioning a nuclear-powered submarine.
Plans for increasing the country's voluntary force from about 300,000 at present to 500,000 are being pursued as part of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's vision of Brazil asserting its presence as an influential regional power.
Jazz: 'Blue Bossa' with Michel Camilo - video ~ link